I wonder what Models Own was aiming for when they designed these Sculpt & Glow Highlighting Powder pans…because sometimes when I look at them I see the cross section of a tree trunk’s rings. Or a bullseye. Or a nipple (says the woman who just KonMari’d her nursing bras to Goodwill!!!).
British makeup brand Models Own is available in the U.S. now at Ulta. They’re kind of a trendy line and have quite a few product types that are popular in makeup land right now, like a neutrals palette, matte liquid lipsticks and, yes, highlighters.
I can totally get behind the Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powders, which are like drugstore versions of the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors. They’re aren’t exact dupes, though. The Models Own powders aren’t anywhere near as creamy as the BECCA Skin Perfectors. I remember reading somewhere that BECCA’s highlighters contain a lot of water, which is why they’re so soft, buttery (and fragile). The Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powders definitely don’t feel as creamy, but they do feel as soft. They also have a similar opalescent finish that you can dial up or down, depending on your mood for pearl. I like them, love the price, and I’m sure they’d be great starter highlighters.
If I were to guess, I’d guess that the Highlighter Sticks were inspired by the NARS Multiples. Both feel similar in that they’re slightly drier than most cream highlighters and have a similar glossy finish, but the Models Own Highlighter Sticks aren’t as “wet” as the Multiples. They’re also more fragile… When I opened pearly pink Incandescent 03 for the first time, the stick was broken. 🙁
As far as cream highlighters go, my main squeeze is still MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush because I love so many things about it —
the glossy, pearly finish, how long it lasts and, most of all, how easy it is to blend. It’s bomb!
The Models Own Highlighter Sticks aren’t as glossy, and the pearl particles aren’t as fine as Hush’s. They also need more babying and blending, but I think they’re stellar for the price.
Basically, Models Own is owning it in the highlighting department!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,